The Oxford Book of Political Anecdotes

The Oxford Book of Political Anecdotes

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From the time King Canute demonstrated to his courtiers the limits of his power as he failed to repulse the waves, anecdotes have proved a valuable source of historical truth. Details may be altered or distorted, but more often than not anecdotes prove accurate. Paul Johnson has collected over 300 anecdotes, and guides the reader from Richard III's murder of the Princes in the Tower to a scene between Jim Callaghan and Barbara Castle. British statesmen and politicians are recorded by their contemporaries in journals, letters, parliamentary records and biographies. The stories range from rows in the Houses of Parliament and dinner and garden parties, to the visit of a lecherous former American president and Churchill making a graceful recovery after he has pushed an older boy - a future colleague - into the swimming pool at Harrow.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 127 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • indices
  • 0192821105
  • 9780192821102

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Anybody who has grappled with the eccentricities and absurd traditions of the British political animal will find this book essential reading. The 300-plus anecdotes drawn from centuries of public and private speaking are not simply funny, they are a form of education in the machinations of government. This is a very British look at the mother of all parliaments. Where else will you find the words of Sir Walter Raleigh, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Kitchener and Barbara Castle side by side? (Kirkus UK)show more

About Paul Johnson

About the Editor Paul Johnson, a well-known writer and journalist, was the editor of the New Statesman from 1965 to 1970 and is the author of several books, including A History of Christianity, A History of the Modern World from 1917 to the 1980s, and A History of the Jews.show more

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